Claudia Kohde-Kilsch

Intro German tennis player
A.K.A. Claudia Kohde Kilsch
Is Athlete Tennis player
From Germany
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 11 December 1963, Saarbrücken, Germany
Star sign Sagittarius
Politics The Left
Stats
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (née Kohde; born 11 December 1963) is a former German tennis player and member of the Die Linke. During her tennis career, she won two women's doubles Grand Slam titles. She also won eight singles titles and a total of 25 doubles titles.

Personal life

Kohde-Kilsch was born Claudia Kohde in Saarbrücken, but added the hyphenated "-Kilsch" to her name which came from her adoptive father Jürgen Kilsch, an attorney. She has a younger sister, Katrin. She began playing tennis aged 5, and was soon a rising junior player. Kohde-Kilsch campaigned for Oskar Lafontaine of Die Linke at the 2012 Saarland state election. With the party winning over 16% of the vote, it was announced that as of 1 May 2012 she would become the new spokesperson for the Landtag parliamentary group. She currently lives in Saarland with her husband, Chris Bennett, and their son, Fynn. The couple operate CeKay Music, a music publishing house and production company.

Career

Kohde-Kilsch turned professional on 1 January 1980, and by 1981 she had handed a first round defeat to Martina Navratilova in Oakland. She went on to win four singles titles that year. In 1982, she captured the title at Pittsburgh and in 1984 she triumphed at the German Open, defeating Kathleen Horvath of the United States, 7–6, 6–1. In 1985, she reached the Australian Open and French Open semi-finals and also won in Los Angeles. Later that year, she defeated Navrátilová in the quarter-finals on the way to a final round match with Chris Evert at the Canadian Open, where she eventually lost to Evert, 2–6, 4–6. In 1987, she again reached the finals of the German Open, where she lost to Steffi Graf 2–6, 3–6. In women's doubles, Kohde-Kilsch won the 1985 US Open women's doubles championship with Helena Suková and in 1987, partnering again with Suková, she won the Wimbledon championships. Between 1984 and 1987, Kohde-Kilsch and Suková, sometimes referred to as the "twin towers" for their height, paired to win 14 doubles tournaments. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, she partnered with Steffi Graf in the doubles competition and together they were awarded the bronze medal in the event.

Major finals

Grand Slam tournaments

Women's doubles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1982 Australian Open Grass Eva Pfaff Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1984 French Open Clay Hana Mandlíková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1984 Australian Open Grass Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1985 French Open Clay Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 1985 US Open Hard Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 6–7, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1985 Australian Open Grass Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1987 Wimbledon Grass Helena Suková Betsy Nagelsen Elizabeth Smylie 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 1988 French Open Clay Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 2–6, 5–7

Olympics

Doubles: 1 bronze medal

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1988 Seoul Hard Steffi Graf Tied DNP

Graf and Kohde-Kilsch lost in the semifinals to Jana Novotná and Helena Suková 5–7, 3–6. In 1988, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semifinal pairs received bronze medals.

Year-end championships

Doubles: 5 runners-up

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1983 New York Carpet (i) Eva Pfaff Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 1985 New York Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 1986 (Mar.) New York Carpet (i) Helena Suková Hana Mandlíková Wendy Turnbull 4–6, 7–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1986 (Nov.) New York Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 1987 New York Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 1–6, 1–6

WTA career finals

Singles: 16 (8–8)

Finals by surface
Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (6–8)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (3–4)
Carpet (3–3)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (6–8)
Hard (1–1)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (3–4)
Carpet (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 12 January 1981 Toronto Carpet (i) Nina Bohm 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 13 July 1981 Kitzbühel Clay Sylvia Hanika 7–5, 7–6
Winner 3. 25 January 1982 Pittsburgh Carpet (i) Eva Pfaff 6–4, 6–0
Winner 4. 17 March 1982 Austin Carpet (i) Helena Suková 7–6, 0–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 9 April 1984 Hilton Head Island Clay Chris Evert-Lloyd 2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 14 May 1984 Berlin Clay Kathleen Horvath 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 29 October 1984 Zürich Carpet (i) Zina Garrison 1–6, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 10 December 1984 Tokyo Carpet (i) Manuela Maleeva 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 29 July 1985 Los Angeles Hard Pam Shriver 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 5 August 1985 Toronto Hard Chris Evert-Lloyd 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 13 January 1986 Worcester Carpet (i) Martina Navratilova 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 31 March 1986 Marco Island Clay Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 14 April 1986 Amelia Island Clay Steffi Graf 4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 11 May 1987 Berlin Clay Steffi Graf 2–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 6 June 1988 Birmingham Grass Pam Shriver 6–1, 6–2
Winner 8. 10 September 1990 Kitzbühel Clay Rachel McQuillan 7–6, 6–4

Doubles: 64 (25–39)

Finals by surface
Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–6)
WTA Tour Championships (0–5)
Tier I (1–2)
Tier II (1–3)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–3)
Tier V (2–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (19–18)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–8)
Grass (2–9)
Clay (10–8)
Carpet (8–14)
Grand Slam tournaments (2–6)
WTA Tour Championships (0–5)
Tier I (1–2)
Tier II (1–3)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–3)
Tier V (2–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (19–18)
Hard (5–8)
Grass (2–9)
Clay (10–8)
Carpet (8–14)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 21 July 1980 Kitzbühel Clay Eva Pfaff Hana Mandlíková Renáta Tomanová w/o
Winner 2. 13 July 1981 Kitzbühel Hard Eva Pfaff Elizabeth Little Yvonne Vermaak 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1982 Berlin Clay Bettina Bunge Liz Gordon Beverly Mould 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 15 November 1982 Brisbane Grass Eva Pfaff Billie Jean King Anne Smith 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 22 November 1982 Sydney Grass Eva Pfaff Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 6–2, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 29 November 1982 Australian Open Grass Eva Pfaff Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 21 February 1983 Oakland Carpet (i) Eva Pfaff Rosie Casals Wendy Turnbull 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 23 March 1983 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i) Eva Pfaff Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 16 May 1983 Berlin Clay Eva Pfaff Jo Durie Anne Hobbs 4–6, 6–7
Winner 4. 4 July 1983 Hittfeld Clay Bettina Bunge Ivanna Madruga Catherine Tanvier 7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. 9 April 1984 Hilton Head Island Clay Hana Mandlíková Anne Hobbs Sharon Walsh 7–5, 6–2
Winner 6. 23 April 1984 Orlando Clay Hana Mandlíková Anne Hobbs Wendy Turnbull 6–0, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 28 May 1984 French Open Clay Hana Mandlíková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 20 August 1984 Montreal Hard Hana Mandlíková Kathy Jordan Elizabeth Sayers 1–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 15 October 1984 Filderstadt Carpet (i) Helena Suková Bettina Bunge Eva Pfaff 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 29 October 1984 Zürich Carpet (i) Hana Mandlíková Andrea Leand Andrea Temesvári 1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 19 November 1984 Sydney Grass Helena Suková Wendy Turnbull Sharon Walsh 6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 10. 29 November 1984 Australian Open Grass Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 10 December 1984 Tokyo Carpet (i) Helena Suková Elizabeth Smylie Catherine Tanvier 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 7 January 1985 Washington Carpet (i) Helena Suková Gigi Fernández Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 18 March 1985 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 10. 13 May 1985 Berlin Clay Helena Suková Steffi Graf Catherine Tanvier 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 27 May 1985 French Open Clay Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 29 July 1985 Los Angeles Hard Helena Suková Hana Mandlíková Wendy Turnbull 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 12 August 1985 Mahwah Hard Helena Suková Kathy Jordan Elizabeth Smylie 6–7, 3–6
Winner 12. 26 August 1985 US Open Hard Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 6–7, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 28 October 1985 Zürich Carpet (i) Helena Suková Hana Mandlíková Andrea Temesvári 4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 16. 11 November 1985 Brisbane Grass Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 4–6, 7–6, 1–6
Runner-up 17. 25 November 1985 Australian Open Grass Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 9 December 1985 Tokyo Carpet (i) Helena Suková Marcella Mesker Elizabeth Smylie 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 6 January 1986 Washington Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 19. 13 January 1986 Worcester Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 1–6
Winner 14. 10 March 1986 Dallas Carpet (i) Helena Suková Hana Mandlíková Wendy Turnbull 4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 17 March 1986 Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (i) Helena Suková Hana Mandlíková Wendy Turnbull 4–6, 7–6, 3–6
Winner 15. 14 April 1986 Amelia Island Clay Helena Suková Gabriela Sabatini Catherine Tanvier 6–2, 5–7, 7–6
Runner-up 21. 16 June 1986 Eastbourne Grass Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. 11 August 1986 Los Angeles Hard Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 23. 3 November 1986 Worcester Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 5–7, 3–6
Winner 16. 10 November 1986 Chicago Clay Helena Suková Steffi Graf Gabriela Sabatini 6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 24. 17 November 1986 Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 6–7, 3–6
Winner 17. 30 January 1987 Tokyo Carpet (i) Helena Suková Elise Burgin Pam Shriver 6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 25. 23 February 1987 Key Biscayne Hard Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 26. 23 February 1987 Rome Clay Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Gabriela Sabatini 4–6, 1–6
Winner 18. 11 May 1987 Berlin Clay Helena Suková Catarina Lindqvist Tine Scheuer-Larsen 6–1, 6–2
Winner 19. 22 June 1987 Wimbledon Grass Helena Suková Betsy Nagelsen Elizabeth Smylie 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 27. 17 August 1987 Toronto Hard Helena Suková Zina Garrison Lori McNeil 1–6, 2–6
Winner 20. 21 September 1987 Hamburg Clay Jana Novotná Natalia Bykova Leila Meskhi 7–6, 7–6
Winner 21. 9 November 1987 Chicago Carpet (i) Helena Suková Zina Garrison Lori McNeil 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 28. 16 November 1987 Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (i) Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 29. 28 December 1987 Brisbane Grass Helena Suková Betsy Nagelsen Pam Shriver 6–2, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 30. 4 January 1988 Sydney Grass Helena Suková Ann Henricksson Christiane Jolissaint 6–7, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 31. 7 March 1988 Boca Raton Hard Helena Suková Katrina Adams Zina Garrison 6–4, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 32. 4 April 1988 Hilton Head Island Clay Gabriela Sabatini Lori McNeil Martina Navratilova 2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 33. 9 May 1988 Berlin Clay Helena Suková Isabelle Demongeot Nathalie Tauziat 2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 34. 23 May 1988 French Open Clay Helena Suková Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 35. 17 October 1988 Zürich Carpet (i) Helena Suková Isabelle Demongeot Nathalie Tauziat 3–6, 3–6
Winner 22. 28 November 1988 Adelaide Hard Sylvia Hanika Jana Novotná Lori McNeil 7–5, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 36. 30 January 1989 Tokyo Carpet (i) Mary Joe Fernández Katrina Adams Zina Garrison 3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 37. 7 August 1989 Los Angeles Hard Mary Joe Fernández Martina Navratilova Wendy Turnbull 2–5 ret.
Winner 23. 4 February 1991 Oslo Carpet (i) Silke Meier Sabine Appelmans Raffaella Reggi 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 24. 1 April 1991 Hilton Head Island Clay Natasha Zvereva Mary-Lou Daniels Lise Gregory 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 38. 5 August 1991 Toronto Hard Helena Suková Larisa Savchenko Natasha Zvereva 6–1, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 25. 24 February 1992 Indian Wells Hard Stephanie Rehe Jill Hetherington Kathy Rinaldi 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 39. 28 September 1992 Bayonne Carpet (i) Stephanie Rehe Linda Ferrando Petra Langrová 6–1, 3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam performance timeline

Key

W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 Career SR
Australian Open 1R 1R 3R 3R 3R SF NH SF SF QF 1R 1R 2R 0 / 12
French Open 1R 1R 2R 3R 4R SF 4R QF 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 2R 4R 4R 4R 2R 3R QF A 3R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 11
US Open A 1R 3R 2R 4R QF 4R QF 3R 1R A 1R A 0 / 10
SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 46
Year End Ranking 78 20 19 24 8 5 7 10 12 36 46 78 79

Doubles

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 Career SR
Australian Open QF 1R F 1R F F NH SF A 3R A 1R 3R 0 / 10
French Open 1R SF QF QF F F SF SF F 1R QF 3R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 1R SF QF QF SF 2R W A 3R 2R 3R 3R 1 / 11
US Open A QF SF A 3R W QF QF 3R A A QF A 1 / 8
SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 2 / 42
Year End Ranking 5 4 3 3 8 37 52 24 25

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